03/04/12 2:45 PM EST
White arrested for driving under influence
By Joey Nowak / MLB.com
White, 23, said he was driving back to his apartment from a private gathering around 9 MST when he was pulled over by Scottsdale Police. White said the fact that he was being followed closely by a friend and was driving a car with dealer tags led to the traffic stop.
He told general manager Dan O'Dowd, who was present when White told reporters at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Sunday, that he had two drinks that evening. White said he was not with any other Rockies players over the course of the evening.
"It's very unfortunate," White said. "I'm completely embarrassed. It was very stupid. It's something where I've let down a lot of people, most importantly my family, this organization and the fans. It's not the type of person I am. I've made a strong commitment to be a good teammate, a good man in life, and I failed last night. It's something I've learned from, will continue to learn from and be a better person."
O'Dowd said White's behavior since the arrest has demonstrated enough remorse that the club doesn't feel it necessary to discipline the pitcher any further.
"That call he made to his mom and dad was enough right there," O'Dowd said. "And to get up in front of his teammates. We'd be much more upset if the kid didn't handle it. He walked right into [manager Jim Tracy's office], said, 'Here's what took place,' asked Jim if he could talk to the team, went into the theater room and got up in front of everybody and said, 'Here's a stupid decision I made last night and here's what happened and I'm sorry to all you guys.'"
Tracy agreed that White handled the immediate aftermath of the arrest well.
"The sincerity with which he talked to me, there's no doubt I trust this kid and I know that he was being completely sincere with anything and everything as far as what took place," Tracy said."
The right-hander, Cleveland's first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2009 Draft out of the University of North Carolina, came over last season in the Trade Deadline deal of Ubaldo Jimenez. He made seven starts with the Rockies (2-4, 8.42 ERA), and he's fighting for a rotation spot this spring.
White said police did not tell him his blood-alcohol level, but only that it was above the legal limit of .08. He said he spent about an hour at the police station after failing the road sobriety and breathalyzer tests and took a cab home.
It is the second brush with the law for a young Rockies pitcher in the past six months, following the October arrest of Drew Pomeranz -- who, coincidentally, also came over in the Jimenez trade -- for disturbing the peace in Oxford, Miss.
The charges against Pomeranz were eventually dropped.
White has not pitched in a Spring Training game for the Rockies, but threw two innings in an intrasquad game on Friday (two hits, one earned run, one walk, one strikeout). He is scheduled to pitch in Cactus League action on Tuesday against the Cubs.
O'Dowd said there's no indication that White has an alcohol problem -- "he's been a choir boy," the GM said -- and White said it was his first alcohol-related incident.
"It's certainly eye-opening," White said. "It's not something that I even considered happening. It's just one of those things that I made a mistake and I made a decision to get in the car and drive. I didn't think it was something that would be a problem. I'm very happy and fortunate -- we all are -- that the worst that happened was me getting a DUI and that no one was hurt."